Juliette Rossant

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Juliette Rossant
Born New York City
Citizenship American
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College
Occupation Author, journalist, poet
Years active 1987–present
Employer Forbes, Simon & Schuster
Notable work Super Chef (book), Super Chef (online magazine)
Parent(s) James Rossant, Colette Rossant
Relatives John Rossant, Susie Orbach
Family Pallache family
Website julietterossant.com

Juliette Rossant (born 1959) is an American author, journalist, and poet, best known for her writings about top-grossing celebrity chefs about whom she first wrote for Forbes magazine and for whom she has defined (if not coined) the term super chef, also the title of her first book and of her online magazine. She is also member of the Pallache family.


Born in New York City, Rossant is the daughter of New Yorker James Rossant, architect and designer of Reston, Virginia, and Colette Rossant, a cookbook author and food writer.

Rossant grew up on Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village. After graduating from St. Ann's School in Brooklyn,[1] She attended Dartmouth College[2] and then the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied Creative Writing.[3]

She started publishing poems in Extensions literary magazine when she was 14 years old.[4] At Dartmouth, she co-founded The Stonefence Review literary magazine as an alternative to the highly conservative Dartmouth Review.[5] She studied poetry under Richard Eberhart and Kenneth Koch.



Courtyard of Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.

Rossant began work in Journalism while living in Istanbul in the late 1980s. She continued as a journalist while based in Paris, Moscow, and Jeddah, writing for newspapers and magazines (including Business Week). Her reportage included the Kurds in Northern Iraq during the Gulf War, fighting between Armenians and Azeris in Nagorno-Karabagh, and developments in the oil industry in Central Asia and the Middle East.


Forbes Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City (now owned by New York University)

Returning to the U.S., Rossant joined Forbes and Forbes Global to write on international business including the Forbes annual, global Billionaires List. Because of her Middle East experience, she covered the "Africa and Middle East" sections of that list every year with Forbes.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Rossant also started the Celebrity Chefs column in the Forbes annual Celebrity 100 issue, which she wrote for three years.[15][16][17]

Super Chef[edit]


Rossant has consulted to a number of companies on branding issues related to super chefs.

Rossant has become an expert, city by the Newsweek, New York Daily News,[22][23][24] Baltimore Sun, Brand Channel, and Gastronomica. She has lectured at the Culinary Institute of America and the Institute for Culinary Education. She has also contributed to publications, from Portfolio[25] to Saudi Aramco World.[26][27]

She also continues to write books.


Rossant traces her maternal line back to the Pallache/Palacci family, Sephardic Jews who moved from Spain to Morocco, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt.[28] One ancestor, Samuel Pallache, served as dragoman in concluding a treaty between Morocco and the Netherlands (then a young Dutch Republic) in 1608. Several were "grand rabbis" in 19th Century Smyrna (Izmir): Haim Palachi (Haim Palacci, Hayyim Pallache), Abraham Palacci (Avraham Pallache), and Rahamim Nissim Palacci.[29] Beth Hillel Synagogue (Turkish Bet-Ilel Sinagogu) in Izmir, stands in the former home of Avraham Palache.[30] Great-grandfather Vita Palacci (born in Izmir ~ 1863) owned lemon perfume factories in Upper Egypt.[31] In 1897, he founded the store "Palacci Menasce et Fils"[32] (known in Egyptian Arabic as Balatshi) on Bayn Al-Nahdain Street in the Muski district of Cairo. By 1909, "Palacci" had become a full-fledged department store under the name "Palacci Fils, Haim et Cie" and comparable to Cairo's branch of Bon Marché: "a three-storey, 1,200-square-meter store, employing 20 office clerks and 120 salespeople in at least thirteen departments, and was 'doing a large share of the wholesale and retail trade in Egypt and the Soudan'."[33][34] After World War I, he bought one of five new villas in Garden City, Cairo, which replaced the Hotel Ritz Cairo (demolished 1905).[35] The Palacci family were associated with the Sha'ar Hashamayim Synagogue (Cairo) on Adly Street in downtown Cairo and were one of many families who contributed to its maintenance.[36] Vita's son Isaac, a commercial director who sourced items for the store all across the Mediterranean, met and married Marceline Bémant in Paris. Later, Rossant's parents also met in Paris and came to live in America in the 1950s.[31]

She traces her paternal line back to Warsaw and Seirijai, the latter in Lithuania just across the Polish border.


  • Super Chef (New York: Free Press 2004)
  • Articles in Forbes[37]
  • Articles in Business Week[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Growing Shelf". St. Ann's School. Archived from the original on May 29, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mini-Reunions". Dartmouth Class of '81. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News". Johns Hopkins Magazine. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Extensions 8". JulietteRossant.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stonefence Review". JulietteRossant.com. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Middle East & Africa". Forbes. June 7, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Turkey's Tire Queen". Forbes. May 7, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Born Again Turk". Forbes. March 7, 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Your Field, Your Dreams". Forbes. June 15, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Money Men: Take the off-ramp". Forbes. May 18, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Princes of Egypt". Forbes. March 22, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Under African Skies". Forbes. February 4, 2001. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Gates Eyes the Middle East". Forbes. January 4, 2002. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Another Look". Forbes. May 7, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dough Boys". Forbes. March 22, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Chefs du Buck". Forbes. March 20, 2000. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "High-Class Cookers". Forbes. March 19, 2001. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Juliette Rossant". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Super Chef". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ "June's FC Readers' Choice Awards". Fast Company. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "White House Chef: Close to the Bone". Super Chef. Archived from the original on September 5, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  22. ^ Wharton, Rachel (September 18, 2006). "Cooking Cuties". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  23. ^ McAuliff, Michael (August 15, 2005). "New 1st Lady of Kitchen at White House". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Wharton, Rachel (February 9, 2005). "Celeb Chef Now Radio Turn-On for Women". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 7, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  25. ^ Rossant, Juliette (April 16, 2007). "Easton's Eden". Portfolio. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  26. ^ Rossant, Juliette (September–October 2005). "The World's First Soft Drink". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  27. ^ Rossant, Juliette (November–December 2003). "Lights, Camera – Cook!". Saudi Aramco World. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Palache". Jewish Virtual Library. 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  29. ^ "Smyrna". Jewish Encyclopedia. 1907. p. 417. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  30. ^ "Beit Hillel Synagogue". Izmir Jewish Heritage. 1907. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  31. ^ a b Rossant, Colette (2004). Apricots on the Nile. Atria. ISBN 0-609-60150-4. 
  32. ^ Japan Weekly Mail. Yokohama: (unknown). 1904. pp. 359). Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  33. ^ Reynolds, Nancy (2012). A City Consumed: Urban Commerce, the Cairo Fire, and the Politics of Decolonization in Egypt. Stanford University Press. pp. 54–55 (prominence, Bon Marche), 61–62 (founding, size). Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  34. ^ Special Consular Reports. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1915. pp. 180). Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  35. ^ Raafat, Samir (6 August 1998). "Garden City: A Retrospective, Part I". Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  36. ^ Rafaat, Samir. "Roll-Call of Contributors to the Construction/Maintenance of the Chaar Hachamaim (Adly Street Synagogue)". Historical Society of Jews From Egypt. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  37. ^ "Forbes". JulietteRossant.com. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  38. ^ "Forbes". JulietteRossant.com. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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